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Survivor's John Rocker: I'm Not a Bad Guy

Originally posted 10/13/2014 07:30 PM

Survivor's John Rocker: I'm Not a Bad Guy

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At its core, Survivor is a social game. During the first days of the competition, contestants should strive not to get into verbal altercations with anyone else.

John Rocker clearly didn't get the memo.

But it may not have been entirely Rocker's fault. Some of the other contestants were all too aware of his history: In 1998, Rocker made controversial statements about minorities in an interview, causing a scandal that has followed him ever since.

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Survivor: Is Josh Creating Bonds That Will Keep Him Safe?

Originally posted 10/09/2014 10:45 AM

Stephen Fishbach's Survivor Blog: Is Josh Creating Bonds That Will Keep Him Safe?

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Stephen Fishbach was the runner-up on Survivor: Tocantins and has been blogging about Survivor strategy for PEOPLE since 2009. Follow him on Twitter @stephenfishbach. Erik Reichenbach is a Survivor fan-turned-favorite, a comic book author and artist. He placed fifth on both Survivor: Micronesia and Survivor: Caramoan. Follow him on Twitter @BloodyAmer1can.

"One of my main objectives in this game was to create interpersonal relationships as soon as possible."
– Shambo, Survivor: Samoa

Is it a good thing that John Rocker was voted off Survivor?

Oh sure, we were all rooting against him. The hotheaded pitcher was a larger-than-life villain, with his history of bigotry and his neolithic machismo. He told Natalie she looked like a man and threatened to punch her. When his girlfriend, Julie, beat him in a duel, he griped that he lost to a girl.

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Is This the Worst Lie in Survivor History?

Originally posted 10/02/2014 02:45 PM

Stephen Fishbach's Survivor Blog: One Bad Lie Destroys a Castaway's Game

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Stephen Fishbach was the runner-up on Survivor: Tocantins and has been blogging about Survivor strategy for PEOPLE since 2009. Follow him on Twitter @stephenfishbach. Erik Reichenbach is a Survivor fan-turned-favorite, a comic book author and artist. He placed fifth on both Survivor: Micronesia and Survivor: Caramoan. Follow him on Twitter @BloodyAmer1can.

"You can lie to me, you can fool me, you can deceive me. Don't insult my intelligence."
– James Clement, Survivor: Micronesia

Lying on Survivor is a fine art. You drop a hint here and a tease there and let people's imaginations run wild. The greats of the game fib their way to victory. In Heroes vs. Villains, Sandra dropped a "Sandra bug" into Russell's ear, convincing him that Coach was plotting his ouster. On Survivor: Cagayan, Tony pretended he had an idol for every occasion.

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Survivor Returns with a Shocker

Originally posted 09/25/2014 10:50 AM

Stephen Fishbach's Survivor Blog: A Surprise Exit on the Very First Night

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Stephen Fishbach was the runner-up on Survivor: Tocantins and has been blogging about Survivor strategy for PEOPLE since 2009. Follow him on Twitter @stephenfishbach. Erik Reichenbach is a Survivor fan-turned-favorite, a comic book author and artist. He placed fifth on both Survivor: Micronesia and Survivor: Caramoan. Follow him on Twitter @BloodyAmer1can.

"Your ability to connect with idiots who can't process things properly is a large part of what this comes down to."
– John Fincher, Survivor: Samoa

On Wednesday's season premiere of Survivor: San Juan Del Sur, a long-standing debate was settled once and for all. Which reality show is harder, The Amazing Race or Survivor? When Jeff Probst snuffed the torch of Nadiya, you could see the entire story on her face: This game of strategy, endurance, and social skill had bested a former all-star player from the Race – aka, Who Can Find the Best Cab?

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Jeff Probst: I'd Vote My Wife Off Survivor

Originally posted 09/24/2014 01:30 PM

Jeff Probst: I'd Vote My Wife Off Survivor | Jeff Probst

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Although Survivor is entering its 29th season, Jeff Probst clearly remembers every one of the 442 contestants, and can pull obscure trivia out of the air.

His excitement about the reality show is unwavering – impressive, considering that it debuted during the Clinton administration. "Every single season is a different show," he tells PEOPLE. "We're constantly reinventing ourselves."

But sometimes, ideas are recycled. 2013's Survivor: Blood vs. Water was such a compelling season that producers are doing it again, casting pairs of contestants with some sort of existing relationship – married couples, siblings, dating pairs, parent-child. The result, Survivor: San Juan Del Sur, premieres Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.

What would Probst, 52, do if he were competing against his wife? The longtime host weighed in on that and more.

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Survivor's Erik Reichenbach Is Married!

Originally posted 08/26/2014 06:40 PM

Survivor's Erik Reichenbach Is Married!

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Two-time Survivor contestant Erik Reichenbach is married!

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Caleb Bankston Death: Jeff Probst, Fellow Contestants Mourn Survivor Star

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Survivor contestant Caleb Bankston was one of the most popular characters in the past several seasons, both with fellow contestants and with fans. So when he died in a railway accident on Tuesday, the news traveled quickly throughout the Survivor community.

Host Jeff Probst, who is currently out of the country filming Survivor: San Juan Del Sur, was stunned by the unexpected news. "The entire Survivor crew is together in Nicaragua," he tells PEOPLE in an exclusive statement. "We are shocked and deeply saddened by the loss of Caleb. He was one of the most humble and likable contestants we have ever had the pleasure of working with on the show. A true gentleman. He will be missed by so many. We extend our most sincere condolences to his family and to his fiancé, Colton."

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Survivor's Jefra Bland Marries Jared Hines

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When Jefra Bland flew to last month's finale of Survivor: Cagayan, her mind wasn't on who would win the million dollars.

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Tony Vlachos Is the Winner of Survivor: Cagayan

Originally posted 05/21/2014 10:30 PM

Survivor: Cagayan Crowns Tony Vlachos Winner

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The tribe has spoken – and it's a shocker.

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Want to Be on Survivor? Jeff Probst Says 'Just Be Yourself'

Update 05/21/2014 04:45 PM Originally posted 05/21/2014 02:15 PM

Jeff Probst: Why This Is One of the Best Survivor Seasons Yet – And How to Get on the Show | Jeff Probst

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For a show in its 28th season, Survivor has proven itself to be shockingly resilient.

The newest installment, Survivor: Cagayan has been one of the most engrossing seasons in years – and the viewers have noticed. Ratings have spiked, and the show regularly beats American Idol in its time slot.

But it all comes to an end on Wednesday night when the show crowns its latest winner. Unlike previous seasons, each member of the final four could make an argument to win the game.

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